Cougar Mountain Loop

Trip

Day Hike - Cougar Mountain Loop

Explore a waterfall, "bottomless" cave hole, historic clay pit, spectacular viewpoint and a former missile launch site, with lunch at a covered picnic shelter on an easy loop hike through the northern, and most historic, part of the beautiful Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft
  • Pace: 2.5

Meet at 9:30 AM at Sky Country Trailhead in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, reached by taking either Exit 10 (Coal Creek Parkway) from I-405 or Exit 13 (Lakemont Blvd) from I-90.  From Exit 10, go east on Coal Creek Parkway, turn left at Forest Dr, Left at Lakemont Blvd SE, right at SE Cougar Mountain Drive, right at 166th Way SE and then right into the Sky Country Trailhead parking lot at the end of the road.  From Exit 13, drive south on Lakemont Blvd SE, left at SE Cougar Mountain Drive, right at 166th Way SE and then right into the Sky Country Trailhead parking lot.

We will hike a counter clockwise loop by Coal Creek Falls, a deep coal mine ventilating shaft, a now landscaped former clay pit, the best viewpoint in the park and the former Nike missile site.  We'll have our lunch at a picnic shelter  in Radar Park.  There is a portapotty at the parking lot and near our lunch spot.  No parking pass is required.  The estimated ending time for the hike is 2 PM.  This hike is almost entirely different than the hike with the same title scheduled for April 10.  The only duplication is Coal Creek Falls and the trail leading to it.

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Cougar Mountain Loop


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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